Your CCG newsletter 

Welcome to your newsletter from NHS Southport and Formby CCG. 

This edition will cover current coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information, as well as well as other useful updates and information. 
COVID-19 updates
Face masks and coverings now mandatory in most public spaces in England
It is now mandatory that face masks and coverings are worn by people in most public spaces across England, including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks, post offices and other indoor settings. You can find a full list of settings here.

Patients must also wear a mask or covering if they attend a face-to-face appointment at their GP or local hospital. Wearing a face mask or covering lowers the risk of transmitting COVID-19, protecting yourself and others. 
Face covering exemption information

Sefton residents are asked to be mindful of people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. The list of exemptions, which has been in place since face coverings became mandatory on public transport, includes hidden conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders, autism, breathing difficulties, dementia, reduced vision or if you are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

Click here to read more. 
COVID-19 re-opening leaflet

Sefton Council has produced a useful COVID-19 reopening leaflet which you may find useful to read and share. 

The document includes information on:
  • the do’s and don’ts of social distancing
  • how to stay safe when out and about and away from home
  • how to get a test and what to do if contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service
  • details of Sefton’s two-walk-through sites and how to make an appointment to visit them
Become a plasma donor and help fight coronavirus 

NHS Blood and Transplant is collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma for a major coronavirus treatment trial, and if the trial is successful, widespread use in hospitals. Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19, which can be transfused into people with COVID-19 who are struggling to develop their own immune response.

Anyone who has had coronavirus or the symptoms can offer to donate at a donor centre by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form at

NHS website to help with your COVID recovery

Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.

If you have had COVID-19, you may still have some of the physical symptoms or be experiencing some psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious or depressed. The website includes information from health experts and advice on how to manage symptoms and look after your health and wellbeing.
Latest news
Back to school blues? Mental health support is available
As children and young people are preparing to go back to school health organisations across Sefton are reminding residents that mental health support is available. Parents, carers, and guardians are being urged to be alert to signs that children could be experiencing anxiety, distress, or low mood as pupils head back to the classroom after months away.

Read more here.
Your guide to video consultations with NHS services

NHS England and NHS Improvement has produced a handy guide to support patients to use video technology for their appointments. Click here to view the guide for patients which may be useful for yourself, your friends and family or networks. 
Better Health - Make healthier choices

Public Health England's Better Health campaign provides a variety of tools and apps to help you make healthier food choices, become more active and prevent future weight gain.

One of these tools is the NHS 12-week weight loss plan, which provides engaging content that can be personalised and tailored to your goals and needs. Find out more here.
Local sight loss charity keeps people connected 

Sight loss charity Galloway’s is leading the way in using technology to keep blind and partially sighted people connected across Sefton. Galloway’s recently launched an Alexa skill, allowing people to find out about its services, as well as listen to its talking newspapers, including the Southport Champion.

Sight loss advisors have been trained to provide specialised help through global app 'Be My Eyes', which connects people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call. The charity’s Facebook community is growing, with a dedicated Sefton social group, as well as a technology and Get Active group.

The team hosts weekly Zoom chats, providing guest speakers and visually impaired YouTube influencers, as well as answering assistive technology enquiries.

The new Galloway’s Talking Together service, where people dial into a teleconferencing system to chat with friends or listen to guest speakers, is also proving very popular. For more information, call Galloway’s on 01772 744148 or visit their website.

New National Dementia radio station 

Music for Dementia is a new 24-hour radio station made up of a group of 5 themed radio stations, playing music that evokes memories for people living with dementia. You can listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - simply choose an era and enjoy. Take a look and listen here.

Local opportunities to get involved
Making Every Contact Count - free online training

Living Well Sefton is offering online training session in Making Every Contact Count (MECC) with a focus on COVID recovery.

Making Every Contact Count is a national program which provides advice and support for healthy chats to address behaviour change, so that people can have better health and live longer, healthier lives. The aim of the training is to maximise the opportunities participants have to increase the number of healthy chats in Sefton. Click here to register and find out more. 
New Directions - advert for two non-executive directors

New Directions, which provides a wide range of support for older adults in Sefton such as residential, day support including specialised service in dementia, respite, reablement and domiciliary care, is looking to recruit two new board members to support its adult social care business.
The organisation also offers creative and inspiring day services for adults with learning and physical disabilities, respite care, supported living and shared lives. For more information, including details on how to apply for the role, click here.

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